27 days in Guatemala & Honduras Itinerary

27 days in Guatemala & Honduras Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Santiago Atitlan
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Taxi to San Bernardino, Bus to Retalhuleu
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
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Bus to San Pedro Sula, Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala — 6 nights

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Paseo Cayala, Palacio Nacional, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and stop by Casa del Jade.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santiago Atitlan.
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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala — 2 nights

Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store and then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Geo Travel Guatemala and then get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santiago Atitlan visit planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Santiago Atitlan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Santiago Atitlan sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Retalhuleu.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

Retalhuleu, Guatemala — 1 night

The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): try out the rides at Xocomil and then find something for the whole family at Xetulul Theme Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Retalhuleu road trip app.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in July: high temperatures in Retalhuleu hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.
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Lanquin, Guatemala — 1 night

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 18th (Mon), head outdoors with Aventura Grande and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanquin itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Retalhuleu to Lanquin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. July in Lanquin sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copan Ruinas.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 5 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, and see where the action happens at Mayan Ball Court.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas online route builder.

Drive from Lanquin to Copan Ruinas in 7.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lanquin in July, with highs in Copan Ruinas at 33°C and lows at 23°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Utila.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Utila, Honduras — 2 nights

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then head off the coast to Utila Cays Diving. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Utila trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Copan Ruinas to Utila takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in July, expect nights in Utila to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Roatan.
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Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Nature

Roatan, Honduras — 8 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with West Bay Divers, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manawakie Park, stroll around Gumbalimba Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary app.

Traveling by ferry from Utila to Roatan takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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